Coming – New Restaurants – Kushi Izakaya


Speaking of Japanese restaurants, Kushi Izakaya will be located at 465 K Street, NW near the Bus Boys & Poets in the City Vista building. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty big space. I’m looking forward to checking it out. It looks like work hasn’t yet begun constructing the space so I’m not sure what the time frame on the opening is but I’ll be sure to update when it does.



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  • If this is a real, honest-to-god izakaya and not some bar that happens to server mediocre sushi and bland yakitori I’ll be there often. I’m not getting my hopes up, though. There are several good izakayas in NYC, but they are mostly under-the-radar joints populated by Japanese ex-pats, not trendy bars in up and coming neighborhoods

  • Nice. I’m always looking for good (better) Japanese restaurants in town.

  • If, as was previously noted, this is a real izakaya, this would be a huge addition to the DC culinary universe. I am suspicious, though, of any izakaya that 1) serves sushi and 2) describes izakaya fare as ‘Japanese tapas’.

    (For the uninitiated, izakayas are traditional Japanese pubs. The name translates more or less as ‘place where sake is [served]’, and the idea is that they are places where you can get a beer or sake or shochu after work and eat food that goes well with these. Historically, these were modest places, usually immediately identifiable by red lantern hanging outside their doors. This type is still ubiquitous in Japan, but recently some fancy-pants chefs have been opening up more modern versions featuring more adventurous or high-class versions of izakaya staples. While what goes well with a beer or a sake is certainly open to debate, sushi is generally not on the menu. If you want sushi, you go to a sushi restaurant.)

  • Is it any surprise that Beverage is spelled incorrectly in two places but spelled correctly in others?

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  • Just got back from hitting several izakayas in Soho and the East Village and these places are long overdue in DC. Even if it’s mediocre, the cachet value of it being first should make it pretty lucrative. And I think this style of eating is particularly well suited to the DC market. But I’m pretty sure they’ll have to offer some token sushi dishes to satisfy those customers who either don’t get it or are just along for the ride.

    Would it be to much to ask for octopus balls and huge friggen pancakes drowned in Kewpie Brand mayo?

  • Yakitori Taisho, on St. Marks in the East Village, is the closest to the right atmosphere and the right taste that I’ve come across in the U.S. I despair of any place half as good in Washington in my lifetime.

    I don’t who the jerk was who decided that only healthy Japanese food (i.e. sushi and noodles) would ever be allowed in the U.S., but I want to find him and kick his ass.

  • I’ll be going here whatever their Japanese fare ends up being…am even fine with it being mediocre sushi and the like.

    As far as Asian-themed food in more or less the same area goes, does anyone know anything about the new dim sum restaurant to open up on the west side of 7th Street NW just south of K? It’s going to be called Ping Pong, and that’s about all that I know about it. There is an alcoholic beverage hearing notice in the window, but I’ve not had time to stop and read it as I’ve walked by.

  • And I agree with sheepprofessor. Yakitori Taisho on St. Marks in NYC is the bomb!

  • Sorry, this will be my last comment. I should have just searched online for Ping Pong in DC. I found a number of hits for the new dim sum restaurant that will be opening…in addition to the izakaya. 🙂

  • I third Yakitori Taisho. I ended up at the fleabag St. Mark’s Hotel just so I could eat at this place. Apart from the server, I heard nary a word of English spoken. The place was packed with Japanese students, tourists, and suits. The place gets so full, the owners opened a second location two stores down and that place was packed as well. If Kushi Izakaya emulates that model (fast service, reasonable prices, LOTS of booze, tasty morsels grilled hibachi-style), they’re onto a winner. If they’re just another sushi place with the izakaya as an afterthought, it’s a missed opportunity.

  • I agree with Meeg. I’m actually always looking for authentic Japanese restaurants. I studied the language for six years and hate going to sushi bars and asking (in Japanese) if I may order in Japanese only to have the server say ‘oh, I’m Korean’ or ‘i’m Spanish’ or ‘Japanese, what?’. Looking forward to visiting this one!

  • The food here should be interesting, as the proprietor used to be executive chef with Ridgewells (catering company – no Japanese). He’s not Japanese, but his wife is. It won’t be a real Izakaya… As others have mentioned, an Izakaya is small & quaint, not a big fusion place. I love Japanese food, and hope DC will someday have bits of a good Japan-town, but I won’t be eating here. I work with a design studio that did prototype design for this place & they jerked us over. Typical restaurant slime. This place will look fusion & taste fusion.

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